26-Year-Old Defensive End – Carolina Panthers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Hardy continued his ascent as one of the NFL's best young defenders last year, improving his sack total to 15 after posting 11 in 2012, and there's no reason to think he'll slow down from here. Due in...
Greg Hardy Contract Information:
Signed with the Panthers in June of 2010.
Hardy will be placed on the commissioner's exempt list, according to the Panthers' official site.
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Greg Hardy: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hardy played last week, but the Panthers are holding him out, after saying all week he could play. NFL Network reports it's not injury related, so we can only assume it pertains to his off-field legal issues.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hardy has been held out of practice this week while nursing a bruised shoulder, but will travel with the Panthers for Thursday's last exhibition outing anyway. In the unexpected event that Hardy plays some versus the Steelers, it certainly won't be for long. Carolina is focused on having Hardy as healthy as possible in advance of Week 1, so it wouldn't be surprising if Hardy is reduced to a glorified spectator at Thursday's contest.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
While Charles Johnson is better paid and better known, it's Hardy who looks like the top IDP option among Carolina defensive ends. Hardy came alive in 2012 despite starting only 10 games, finishing with 61 tackles and 11 sacks. Even after his emergence, Hardy should still see favorable blocking scenarios since Johnson will likely remain the primary concern of offensive lines. The addition of the highly talented rookie defensive tackle duo of Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short will be useful for Hardy, as well. Hardy is a former underachiever who fell to the sixth round of the 2010 draft despite clearly possessing first-round talent, so that could make him a bit of a risk, but you'll notice that pretty much every candidate after the top six has a red flag of some sort, be it low tackle totals, injury issues or scheme change. Hardy's upside makes him worth the gamble.
Hardy will start at defensive end, although the Panthers will need him to pick up his production from last season. He had three sacks in the first five weeks of the 2011 season but recorded only one thereafter.
Hardy was involved in a motorcycle accident during the offseason and is trying to regain his form to get back into football shape. New head coach Ron Rivera has stated that Hardy will start opposite Charles Johnson, if he's healthy, but his 2011 season hinges on how quickly he can get that way.
Rookie defensive end has a lot of upside but has been dogged by negative criticism for a perceived bad attitude and work ethic.